The Braves acquisition of Matt Adams is paying major dividends.
The Braves were hoping that Adams would help keep the offense afloat while Freddie Freeman was on the disabled list, but not even they could have imagined this type of production with their best player on the pine. The offense has not missed a beat with Adams in the lineup. He has provided the protection needed in the order for Matt Kemp, and already proven to be a much larger contributor than he was with the Cardinals.
After being subjected to primarily pinch-hit duties in St. Louis, Adams has exploded onto the scene in Atlanta. He already has more hits and four more home-runs with the Braves, in eighteen less games. Albeit, he has had around the same amount of plate appearances with each team, but Adams has lived up to his reputation as a power hitter more in Atlanta. He has five home-runs, including three in his last two games, and his slugging percentage is .588.
The Braves knew Matt Adams would be an adequate substitute while they wait for their star first baseman to return, but Adams has shown he will provide much more value than just that. As he continues to show the MLB what he is capable of, the Braves will have the option of trying to teach him a new position for when Freeman returns, or trade him if the team is out of contention. Either way, Adams has already proven to be a worthy trade and will continue to help the Braves remain competitive.